I read an article last week in the NYTimes online, about the vegetable that will not reside in the White House garden. Beets. President Obama detests them. This has fueled a lot of controversy among the vegetarian and vegan blog community. They really want the President to reconsider.
Beets are nutritional, root vegetables. They belong to the same family as spinach and swiss chard. Their greens are especially rich in nutrients—calcium, iron, vitamins A&C—more so than their counterpart, the beetroot. The beetroot is high in sugar (makes it good to eat raw) yet rich in folic acid, fiber, potassium and manganese.
I understand Obama's reluctance to plant beets on the White House lawn. It took me a while to acquire a taste for them as well. But last week I had beets twice in one day. That isn't normal. Lunch was a big salad with a side of marinated beets with ginger & orange, followed by beet pancakes for dinner with friends in Chapel Hill.
This morning (after a few amazing days at the beach) I headed to Whole Foods, list in hand. As I was wandered through the produce section, something caught my eye. Beets. Not the brownish-dark purple beets, but bright golden-orange beets. I grabbed a bag and tossed a few inside. I have no clue what I'm going to do with them. I'll probably roast or pickle them.
Do you have any ideas or recipes for beets?
**No need to worry if you experience beeturia. Its a common, harmless side effect.